In 2005, pictures were released from Abu Ghraib, a prison in Iraq, showing prisoners of war being abused. In further investigations it was found that military doctors knew of the abuse that was going on and some doctors had even helped cover up or inflict the torture themselves. Other doctors have even helped interrogators develop interrogation tactics using the prisoner's medical information. Some medics refuse to intervene. For example, Navy Medic Petty Officer Carlton Blay watched a guard slap and punch many of the prisoners at Camp Whitehorse in Iraq, but did not stop or report these abuses because he believed that these beatings were reasonable to let prisoner know that "these people were in charge".
As I researched more and more into the Abu Ghraib scandals, I was stunned. The details were shocking, but what haunted me and the rest of the world is if doctors, people who swore and dedicated their lives to protecting others, are capable of letting prison guards get away with torturing captives, violating human rights, and even murdering prisoners, then what else are doctors capable of?